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In your own opinion how should the art of magic be taught. The way I learned of the things I know is through books & here. But I wish I knew somebody to work with that I could talk to for my questions.

For example, everyone buys I.T., but I would like to know the method of preparing it myself just for the knowledge I guess. To me that's the art of magic. So I guess in my opinion, it would be better to have a magician to work with, a mentor, and to be able to ask those questions, one on one, Someone I could be an apprentice of.

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Interesting question!

I think there's a place for personal tuition, books and videos, and which is best will depend on circumstances.

Books can allow you to use your imagination better, to put your own presentation to a "bare-bones" method.

Video can be useful for seeing what an effect / sleight should look like.

Personal tuition can be useful for obtaining feedback on your progress.

For many items, a combination of all three is probably the right approach.
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Hi Wes

I'm learning in the same way as you, just reading and practising, and I feel it's the best way for me at the moment.

I'm finding that I'm developing my own style and way of doing things that perhaps I wouldn't have if I were following someone else's lead.

I reckon that when I start performing locally I'm bound to bump into a few like minds who I can swap ideas and techniques with.

At least, that's the plan... Smile
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I was fortunate enough to have private lessons. This way I was able to get immediate feedback and learn what I was doing right and wrong. After I built myself a good foundation from my mentor, I was able to do my own thing and keep learning by watching videos, reading books and practicing on my own.
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depending on where you are, there are magic clubs that meet monthly or so. Are you in U.S.?


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For me, I just browse through the internet or reads books that I can borrow or buy. Read and read again and then practice with your imaginative mind on how it works.
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Try to find a friend who is interested in magic and explore the art together (i.e., read the same book at the same time and discuss each chapter as you both read it.)

This way, you will be able to help each other understand concepts and perform effects well.

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This year, I joined the IBM. It is great to see magical effects performed live and see other peoples performances. every month.
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I don't have any teacher and I try to learn it all from books or videos. But it's very important to have some friend to discuss with, and I don't mean in a forum but an actual collegue to share ideas and compare versions and presentations. This helps a lot.
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For me, I learn my magic from books and videos as much as I can. Being a magic club member also helps me alot. If I was to learn a trick a day by myself, I can learn 4 times as fast when I get together with other magicians. They are very good at criticizing on what to work on. Most of the time we can't follow videos or books because I can't ask questions. But whenever I get to gether with magicians, I could ask alot.

As far as teaching goes, I'd teach novice magicians some basic concepts of magic. I'd teach some basic sleights and more of a self-working tricks. Then evolve to an advance ones. But the most important thing to do is to make them understand the theory behind the tricks before executing the tricks itself.
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Profile of alekz
I think when you watch videos, you can get in the danger of copying the performance 1:1 (I did.). If you read books, you can use your imagination much better. The best would be a mixture of books and videos, I think.

A very helpful help (d'oh Smile ) would be a mentor, indeed. In my opinion it would also be cool if you have a friend of the same skill level than you. You can then practice together, watch each other and spot mistakes etc.
I wish I had such a friend. But they are all watching movies all day and are not interested..

Books and Videos make a good start. However, at some point I want to join a magic club, and learn from, and teach, other persons Smile
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The thing is, there's so many different forms of magic, and we're all individuals, so it's different for each one of us.

I personally find it helpful (when learning new escapes) to do the research and learning on my own, referring to others when I get stuck, or when something is outside my experience.

Just do what feels right for you!

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